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    Force mpg to full screen (PPT 2000)

    I've inserted a link to an MPG video onto a slide. I click the link and it shows. This is good. But it shows in a small window. This is not good. I need full screen. While it is showing I can drag it to near full screen. This is clumsy. mplayer is doing the playing. Any ideas on how to make it play fullscreen? Also, it would be nice (I think) if it started as soon as I switched to the slide. Is there a way to do this?

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    Re: Force mpg to full screen (PPT 2000)

    Easiest way is to embed the video onto the PowerPoint slide by going to Insert>Movies and Sounds>Movie from File... Then you will browse for your movie file. Once you've selected the file and say okay, you will get a simple question, "Do you want your movie to play automatically in the slide show? If Not, it will play when you click it." Yes or No. Choose yes. The video will be on the slide with the first frame showing and bounding boxes surrounding it. Just stretch the video to the size you want it to be. Your video may lose quality as you stretch it, so don't go too crazy. You can always resize it smaller, too.

    I recommend putting the movie or a copy of it in the same folder to which the PowerPoint show is saved. Then if you burn it to a CD or move it to a different computer, you keep it all together and PowerPoint will find the file if it is in the same folder, if it is outside the folder, you may have to reinsert it to get it to play. There are other more complicated ways to add video, but this should serve your purpose.

    Jim

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    Re: Force mpg to full screen (PPT 2000)

    Thanks. That's what I needed. Don't know why I didn't notice that menu while doing it the first time.

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    Re: Force mpg to full screen (PPT 2000)

    Just a tiny little nit to pick, Jim...

    Let me start by saying that your description above is fantastic! I'd only suggest not using the word "embed" here: Easiest way is to embed the video onto the PowerPoint slide by going to Insert>Movies and Sounds>Movie from File... Maybe "Easiest way is to insert the video..." ?

    The only reason I say this is because all multimedia (except WAV files, and then only WAV files conforming to the setting in Tools/Options/Link Sounds Greater Than XXX kb") is linked to PPT, not embedded. In your last paragraph you explained how to get around that issue, so I know you understand what's really happening, but it's not always obvious to others. It's a common misconception that inserting multimedia embeds it into PPT, and therefore, users don't always understand that the multimedia needs to travel with the presentation if it's moved to CD or to another computer.

    As I said, just a tiny nit.

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    Re: Force mpg to full screen (PPT 2000)

    Good point. I knew it wasn't embedded, just pulled the wrong word out. Learned that the hard way (like everything else). Thanks for setting me straight.

    Jim

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    Re: Force mpg to full screen (PPT 2000)

    Naw, I wasn't really setting you straight, Jim -- I could tell you absolutely have it under control! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> Just wanted to clarify for anyone who might not understand yet about multimedia and PPT because it (PPT) can be so persnickity with movies.

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